Higdon, Mary Carmel

Mary Carmel Higdon notice photo (color)

Mary Carmel Higdon, 91, of Lebanon, formerly of Louisville, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2012, beloved mother of Frank, grandmother of Matt (Tomoko), Jean (Kevin), and Alex (Julie); great-grandmother of Charlie, Georgia, Mika, Hallie, Maddie, and Anneliese, aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews;  Mary Carmel was preceded in death by her parents, William Bernard and Clara Isabel (Browning) Higdon, and her brothers and sisters, William Bernard, Clara Cecilia, Joseph David, Thomas Theodore, Joseph Raymond, Mary Catherine, and Elizabeth Jane. Visitation at Bosley Funeral Home, Lebanon KY on Sunday, March 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral at St. Augustine Church, Lebanon KY on Monday, March 12, at 10:00 a.m.

Mary Carmel was born and raised on a farm in central Kentucky in 1920. In her early 20s, she left the farm to go to relatively nearby Louisville. She was employed at a wood-working factory, until the U.S. government directed the factory to start installing wooden slatting on the floors of supply trucks for the army effort in World War II. She worked at that job throughout the war.

Some years after the war, she married Tom Oliver, a former US Army Air Corps Captain and pilot. They worked as a team under contract to various U.S. government agencies, performing aerial photography of the United States as part of the effort to update the entire topographical mapping of the country. If you would like more details of Mary Carmel’s life, includng when she and Tom were married from 1957-1962, click on the images below:

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